Wedding planning can be a fun and joyous time with your fiancé, friends and family. However, the inevitable will happen – the stress will hit you. It's not a matter of 'if' but a matter of 'when.' We teamed up with some of the wedding industry's top professionals to share their tried and true tips to help keep you sane during the ups and downs of wedding planning. From surprise dates to hair and make-up trial runs, get the inside scoop from the pros themselves.
Summer Newman of Summer Newman Events suggests: "For those couples that are extremely busy or who desire minimal stress during the planning process, a wedding planner is key. A qualified and experienced planner can be your best friend providing you with venues and vendors that match your specific needs, style and budget. They can help you manage the emotional waters of pulling your wedding together by providing you with invaluable advice and support."
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Cross 5 Things Off Your List Each Month
Heather Lowenthal of Posh Parties tells us: "Stay organized with your things to do and remember it doesn't all have to get done at once. I like to make a priority list with the top 5 things that need to get done each month so it never seems overwhelming."
"Keep everything in perspective - I like to tell my brides that this is the kickoff party to the rest of your lives together so make it special and try not to get stuck on the silly things your guests won't even notice." – Heather Lowenthal of Posh Parties
"Take time as a couple to enjoy the planning and make time for the two of you where you are not talking about the wedding. It's nice to plan date nights that do not revolve around wedding talk 24/7. This is good for you and your fiancé and keeps things in perspective. Also, the wedding night goes by in a blink so try to enjoy each day of your engagement and wedding planning." – Heather Lowenthal of Posh Parties
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Don’t Change Your Daily Habits Too Drastically
Sara Fried of Fête Nashville reminds us: "Don’t change your daily habits too drastically; definitely eat healthily, drink lots of water (re: glowing skin!!) and work out, but do not start any extreme diets, cleanses or work-out routines that may adversely affect your body."
"Ask for help; it always confuses me when brides tell me they don’t want their ‘maids to have to do anything. It’s an honor to be asked to be in a wedding and these girls want to help make your wedding memorable, personal and as stress-free as possible, just as you would do for them! If you get overwhelmed with the task of stuffing envelopes, finding bridesmaids dresses or choosing favors… please ask your ‘maids for help. Especially as you get closer to the wedding weekend, there’s nothing wrong with asking a friend to take on the task of setting up the manicure appointments for everyone or ordering lunch and mimosas for your wedding day." – Sara Fried of Fête Nashville
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Plan a Fun Surprise Date Night for Your Fiancé
"Plan fun surprise date night for your fiancé and don’t talk about wedding planning; make sure he knows you are MOST excited about spending the rest of your life with him and not just planning your dream wedding." – Sara Fried of Fête Nashville
"Remember your groom is now your forever partner; ask him for ideas and input. The more decisions you make together, the closer you will become and the more personal your wedding will be to the both of you. It’s great experience to learn how to compromise and choose your battles." – Sara Fried of Fête Nashville
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Do a Hair & Make-Up Trial Run Two Months Before Your Wedding
"Take time for a hair and make-up trial run about two months before your wedding. Make sure you have a photo of your dress to share with your stylist and bring lots of photos of styles and looks that you like. If you are not happy after the trial run, schedule another one, so you are fully confident that you will like your look on your wedding day. Pro tip: schedule your trial run on the day of a bridal shower or engagement party, so you can have your hair and make-up done for the occasion; if you are having a formal up-do, just ask your stylist to take it down after you’ve approved the look. Pro tip 2: If you think you want fake lashes on your wedding day (you do!!), be sure to have your stylist put them on during your trial run if you've not had them before, so you can get used to the feeling." – Sara Fried of Fête Nashville